And kingZedekiah the son of Josiahreigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.2
But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spakebya the prophetJeremiah.3
And Zedekiah the kingsentJehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophetJeremiah,saying , Pray now unto the LORD our God for us.
Now Jeremiah came in and went outamong the people: for they had not put him into prison .
Then Pharaoh'sarmy was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besiegedJerusalemheardtidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem.6
Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophetJeremiah,saying ,
Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh'sarmy, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.8
And the Chaldeans shall come again , and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.9
Thus saith the LORD;Deceive not yourselves,bsaying , The Chaldeans shall surelydepart from us: for they shall not depart .
For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but woundedcmen among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.11
And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh'sarmy,12
Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separated himself thence in the midst of the people.13
And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he tookJeremiah the prophet,saying , Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.14
Then saidJeremiah, It is false;e I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so IrijahtookJeremiah, and brought him to the princes.15
Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe : for they had made that the prison.16
When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon , and into the cabins,f and Jeremiah had remained there manydays;17
Then Zedekiah the kingsent , and took him out : and the kingasked him secretly in his house, and said , Is there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiahsaid , There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.18
Moreover Jeremiahsaid unto kingZedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison ?
Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying , The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?20
Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be acceptedbefore thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe , lest I die there.
Then Zedekiah the kingcommanded that they should commitJeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers ' street, until all the bread in the city were spent . Thus Jeremiahremained in the court of the prison.